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American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball

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Trips sponsored by

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Total cost of 26 trips: $25,283.72


Traveler: Archibald Galloway (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: WASH DC TO BOSTON, MA
Purpose: ATTEND MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,068.80
source

Traveler: Hannah Sistare (from the office of Fred Thompson)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE MIT 2001 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,084.80
source

Traveler: Eric Sterner (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON STATE OF DEFENSE/AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY FROM MIT FACULTY AND LINCOLN LABORATORY RESEARCHERS. LINCOLN LABORATORY-MIT CAMPUS
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON STATE OF DEFENSE/AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY FROM MIT FACULTY AND LINCOLN LABORATORY RESEARCHERS
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,051.38
source

Traveler: Richard Obermann (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS.
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE APRIL MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,001.80
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $909.60
source

Traveler: Alexandra Teitz (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINAR FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON ENERGY ISSUES AT MIT
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $941.60
source

Traveler: Dan Skopec (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON ENERGY POLICY
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $918.76
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $919.10
source

Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $964.90
source

Traveler: Charles Cooke (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $822.60
source

Traveler: Christopher King (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS.
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,054.15
source

Traveler: Chad Stone (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $832.82
source

Traveler: Susannah Foster (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: CONFERENCE - TRANSPORTATION
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $600.00
source

Traveler: John Mimikakis (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: RHOB TO NAT'L/REAGAN AIRPORT TO BOSTON/LOREN AIRPORT TO MIT CONFERENCE MIT CONFERENCE TO AIRPORT TO MADISON, WI AIRPORT
Purpose: ATTEND MIT CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,067.82
source

Traveler: Christopher Miller (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FINE PARTICULATE MATTER AND MAKE PRESENTATION ON PENDING LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,249.50
source

Traveler: Michael Honda (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: SPEAK AS A PANELIST AT A FORUM
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $272.00
source

Traveler: Daniel Stein (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: A SEMINAR AT MIT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL AND EXECUTIVE STAFF ON THE "SOCIAL POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,030.80
source

Traveler: Jonathan Blum (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY MIT ON THE "SOCIAL POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADV. HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECH"
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $983.05
source

Traveler: Susannah Foster (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: ATTEND MIT CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,023.00
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,225.85
source

Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,187.38
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,356.20
source

Traveler: Christopher Miller (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: DEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON TOXIC AIR POLLUTANTS' EFFECTS ON HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: David Goldston (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $731.85
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Grossman (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: MIT CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,002.98
source

Traveler: Olwen Huxley (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $932.98
source



American RadioWorks |
teaching-teachers

Teaching Teachers

Research shows good teaching makes a big difference in how much kids learn. But the United States lacks an effective system for training new teachers or helping them get better once they're on the job. This documentary examines why, and asks what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale. We meet researchers who are trying to understand what makes teaching complex, and how to determine whether someone is ready to be a teacher. We also visit U.S. schools that are taking a page from Japan and radically rethinking the way they approach the idea of teacher improvement.

Recent Posts

  • 08.27.15

    An American way of teaching

    In 1993, a group of researchers set out to do something that had never been done before. They would hire a videographer to travel across the United States and record a random sample of eighth-grade math classes. What they found revealed a lot about American teaching.
  • 08.27.15

    Rethinking teacher preparation

    In the United States, teaching isn't treated as a profession that requires extensive training like law or medicine. Teaching is seen as something you can figure out on your own, if you have a natural gift for it. But looking for gifted people won't work to fill the nation's classrooms with teachers who know what they're doing.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.
  • 08.27.15

    Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective

    "What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking. You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think. That’s really hard." -Deborah Ball